Valedictorian, research highlights, student success stories, and more!
Valedictorian, research highlights, student success stories, and more!

A letter from the co-directors


Dear alumni of the Glynn Family Honors Program,
We are pleased to send you this new e-newsletter that highlights just a few of the activities and achievements of the students who are currently studying in, or who just graduated from, the Glynn Family Honors Program at the University of Notre Dame. 
The Glynn Program celebrated an important landmark this year: the 10th anniversary of the gift from John and Barbara Glynn that endowed Notre Dame’s Honors Program. The Glynns' generosity has allowed that long-established and highly regarded program to grow in numbers, in resources, and in opportunities for our students. These last ten years have seen many changes to the Program, and we have many more planned for the years to come.
One thing we hope to do is build a stronger community among our students and alumni. We intend this annual newsletter to be just one way that you will stay connected to the Glynn Family Honors Program, to each other, and to its current students. We hope you take the time to follow the links in each story to learn more about a few of our outstanding students and what they have accomplished during their time at Notre Dame.
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Glynn Scholar named Class of 2018 valedictorian

A native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Andrew Grose is a preprofessional studies and Spanish major who was an early inductee into Phi Beta Kappa and a four-year member of the Notre Dame Marching Band drumline. He worked with a social services nonprofit in El Salvador through the Center for Social Concerns' International Summer Service Learning Program and tutored children at South Bend's La Casa de Amistad as part of a community-based learning Spanish course. He is now pursuing a master's degree in Iberian and Latin American studies at Notre Dame before going to medical school.
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How research, a White House internship, and a maple syrup farm prepared J.P. Bruno for consulting

The summer after his sophomore year, senior J.P. Bruno was packaging maple syrup, taking care of honeybees, and tending to an orchard on a biodynamic farm in Vermont. Three weeks later, he was sitting in the White House, interning for the Council of Economic Advisors as part of a semester in the Notre Dame Washington Program. These contrasting experiences provided the economics major with an assortment of skills that eventually led him to developing his senior thesis and receiving a job offer in economic consulting at the beginning of his senior year.
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From studying monkey fur to analyzing dietary patterns in India, research proves formative for Park

In anthropology, “snowball sampling” refers to growing the number of participants in a research study by asking subjects to refer friends and acquaintances. For senior Candice Park, it was her research experiences at Notre Dame that snowballed, as each opportunity led her to the next — culminating in a senior thesis for the biological sciences major and anthropology minor.
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How a philosophy major developed a passion for researching women's rights in Latin America

One week into her senior year, Natasha Reifenberg headed to an academic health conference in El Salvador, presenting a policy brief based in research she had been involved in for the last two years. An opportunity usually reserved for distinguished academics, the trip was just one of many highlights in an outstanding undergraduate career that includes internships at the Global Fund for Women and U.N. Development Program and independent research opportunities — including some funded by the Glynn program — centered around women’s issues and rights. 
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Math major named Goldwater Scholar

Matthew Schoenbauer, an honors math major in the College of Science, was one of 209 sophomores and juniors across the country to be named a 2018-19 Goldwater Scholar. Now a junior, Schoenbauer hopes to pursue a doctorate in mathematics, conduct research in algebraic and differential topology, and teach at the university level after graduation.
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Research highlights from dozens of Glynn students

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